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Miniaturised, user-friendly dc servo motor controllers from maxon

14 October 2011

maxon motor has unveiled the first in its new family of miniaturised, user-friendly dc servo motor controllers. The ESCON 36/2 DC measures just 55mm x 40mm and offers dynamic, 4-quadrant control of brushed dc motors of up to 72W power capacity, at speeds from 1 to 150,000 rpm. Operating modes include open or closed loop speed control, as well as current control, plus speed-ramping capability and the option to enable or disable the power stage depending on the direction of rotation.

Inputs and outputs can be digitally configured, quickly and easily, simply by plugging in to a PC’s USB port and following on-screen instructions.
The emphasis on compactness and usability extends to hardware: no external filters or motor chokes are required, and even pre-assembled startup cables are available.

In-built protective circuits safeguard the controller against overcurrent, excess temperature, under and over-voltage, voltage transients and short-circuits in the motor cable. Similarly, adjustable current limitation protects the motor and load from accidental damage.

ESCON’s energy efficiency of 95% makes it an ideal choice for mobile, battery-powered and other consumption-optimised applications, alongside the obvious uses in automation, small machine manufacturing and mechatronics.

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